Revelation, the Bible, and Inspiration

Gerald O'Collins

in Rethinking Fundamental Theology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199605569
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729454 | DOI:
Revelation, the Bible, and Inspiration

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Through examining the formation, content, and use of the Bible, this chapter shows how revelation and the Scriptures, while interconnected, may not be identified. Biblical inspiration is a special impulse from the Holy Spirit to record certain things in writing, and makes the Bible ‘the word of God’. Eight points clarify how the action of the Spirit worked through the historical and personal conditions of the ‘sacred’ authors. The chapter concludes by borrowing five themes from Karl Rahner which place biblical inspiration firmly within the whole history that led to the foundation of the Church. Since the charism of biblical inspiration belonged to the divine activity in bringing the Church into existence, it ceased once the Church was established. Scriptures have remained richly ‘inspiring’ but the production of new biblical texts ended with the apostles and the apostolic age.

Keywords: apostles; Bible; Church; Holy Spirit; inspiration; revelation; Scriptures; Karl Rahner

Chapter.  7067 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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